Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library

New Bern, North Carolina

Spring Semi-Annual Book Sale
The sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus facility on Pinetree Dr.  Please put these dates on your calendar.  Help to set up Tue April 9th and Wed April 10th.  Members’ Only Book Sale Thu April 11th 4 pm to 6 PM.  Book Sale Fri and Sat April 11th and 12th 9 AM to 5 PM.  Sun April 14th Bag Sale 12 to 3 PM.  Clean up Sun April 14th 3 to 6 PM.  Click here to sign up to help. Scroll down for copies of the 2024 Spring Book Sale posters and Frequently asked questions for the Spring 2024 sale.
Permanent StoryWalks at Martin Marietta Park
& Creekside Park
Our Friends provided funding to install a new permanent StoryWalks at Martin Marietta Park and Creekside Park.  Each StoryWalk title will be up for approximately two months then a new story will be put up.  If you visit this StoryWalk, please send us a picture.  Email it to   Click here for the park StoryWalk schedule.
Portable StoryWalks Available for Use in Craven and Pamlico Counties
Our Friends are the coordinators for StoryWalks which can be used by Friends, libraries, nonprofits, churches, schools, and community event organizers in Craven and Pamlico Counties.  Funded jointly by the Harold H. Bate Foundation and the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, we have seven StoryWalk titles available for use:  Giraffes Can’t Dance, Grumpy Monkey, True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Rainbow Fish, Walter the Farting Dog, Delicious Hullaballoo (bilingual:  English & Spanish); This Farm is a Family; Big Pumpkin and Bear Stays Up for Christmas. Those wishing to use a StoryWalk should contact coordinator Miriam Roseblossom via email.  Or click on the StoryWalk Agreement Form in the list at the bottom of this column.  Click here for the park StoryWalk schedule.
Here are a few pointers about what NOT to donate. We don't like to think that we have limits, but some items are simply not appealing to the Friends' Book Sale clientele for a variety of reasons, and all donations require volunteer time to sort and box as well as space to store - all of which are precious resources, always in short supply. You can help! Use these guidelines to sort, weed and discard inappropriate materials before donating to the Friends (or any other nonprofit).

Condition matters! Please DO NOT donate books in the following condition(s):
Dirty, Shabby, Soiled, Smelly
Moldy, Mildewed
Water Damaged or Insect Damaged
Damaged Binding or Pages
Missing or Torn Covers or Pages
Excessive Writing, Markings, or Highlighting
Softcover books with crooked or twisted spines

Please note: For legal reasons, we do not accept homemade copies of any type of media or commercial software that is not packaged with a book.

Please remove any post-it notes or sticky tabs from the book.  Sorters won’t take the time to remove them and will discard the book.

Finally, before you donate a book, hold on to the spine and shake each book gently. Very often people leave things in books and forget about them -- important things like receipts with banking numbers, personal photographs, greeting cards with handwritten messages, and even cash. Please check before you donate.

Please note that we do not return containers and we reserve the right to determine whether or not to accept the donation.
Where to drop donated books and other material?
Donations are gratefully accepted at our storage unit:

River Mills Professional Storage Center
2723 Neuse Blvd.
Tuesday through Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM 

If necessary to donate at other days and times, you could drop them off at the library, 400 Johnson St., but if you do, we must then transport them to the storage unit which takes extra time and manpower. 

It is not possible for the Friends or the Library to pick up donations from the general public. If you are considering a very large donation that might overwhelm our available workspace, please email us to make special arrangements.

The Friends are pleased to consider offers of unique or specialized collections that do not necessarily meet the standard guidelines above. In some cases, we may send a subject expert to your site to review a special collection. To discuss a donation that may be of unique value, please send a message to our general email:

How to get a receipt for the donation?
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, count the number of items you are donating and leave it with your donation including your name and mailing address. The Friends can give signed and dated receipts for the number of items, but cannot assess the value of your donation.  The receipt will be mailed, but be patient.